The Mary Avenue Overcrossing project aims to relieve north-south traffic congestion in Sunnyvale, improve multimodal access between Moffett Park and other areas, and support smart growth in Moffett Park area.
The project would provide a multimodal connection from Mary and Almanor avenues, over US-101, SR-237 and Moffett Park LRT Station to 11th Avenue and Discovery Way (formerly E Street) in Moffett Park.
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being undertaken to analyze and environmentally clear four potential project options.
The City has hired a consultant to work on the Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) and outline the impacts and benefits resulting from the five selected alternatives. Community engagement events will be scheduled for September 2020. Public input gathered during these events will help inform the selection of a preferred project as it relates to the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
As part of the EIR, we are analyzing the following project options:
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that all state and local government agencies consider the environmental consequences of projects for which they have discretional authority. The following documents have been prepared in relation to the EIR.
Past meeting materials include the following:
Community Kickoff, Jan. 17, 2017
Study Session 17-0030, Feb. 28, 2017 - Mary Avenue Overcrossing Environmental Impact Staff Presentation
CEQA Scoping Meeting, March 21, 2017
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission 17-0731, July 20, 2017 - Mary Avenue Overcrossing Update Staff Presentation
The following policies also refer to the Mary Avenue Overcrossing project:
Mary Avenue Overcrossing was included in the following City of Sunnyvale plans:
In 2007, the City of Sunnyvale completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Mary Avenue Extension. Many members of the community provided comments on the Draft EIR. Key concerns related to traffic congestion, traffic speed, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, air pollution and emissions, noise, property values, smart growth, transit access, and merchant revenues.
Responses were provided to community comments, and City Council certified the Final EIR and approved the Mary Avenue Extension project in October 2008. In 2009, the Sunnyvale West Neighborhood Association filed a legal challenge against the City regarding the adequacy of the EIR document based on the use of a 2020 traffic baseline for the traffic analysis. The Superior Court granted the petition in 2009, and the 6th District Court of Appeal upheld the Superior Court decision in 2010. City Council subsequently decertified the EIR and voided the project approval in 2011. Without an adequate EIR, no action has occurred on the project since that time.
The 2011 Consolidated General Plan included a policy to preserve the option of extending Mary Avenue to the industrial areas north of US-101. Mary Avenue Extension was also included in the Moffett Park and Peery Park Specific Plans, as well as several other documents which identified the project as a mitigation measure for impacts on automobile level of service (LOS).